Information for employers


The Government’s Careers Strategy asks that schools and colleges are meeting all eight Gatsby Benchmarks from 2020. Employers have a really key role to play across all benchmarks especially with regards to allowing students access to meaningful experiences, encounters and linking the world of work to the curriculum.

Oakwood Specialist College work closely with a range of employers as well as the local community. If you are interested in working with us to further extend the range of opportunities available to our young people please contact Dan Miliffe (Head of Careers and Futures) –

Below are some examples of how you could help.

  • Give a talk on your industry or job role(s).
  • Offer a supported internship opportunity.
  • Be involved with mock interviews and support students with best practise when trying to secure employment.
  • Run a workshop or demonstration, showcasing activities that relate to your sector, bringing classroom subjects to life.
  • Offer a work experience placement for students at your place of work.
  • Inform us of paid employment opportunities.
  • Express interest to attend a career fair or expo.

Why engage with education?

  • You can nurture your future talent pipeline.
  • Connect with young people and help them prepare for the working world.
  • Cement your firm’s value in your community and overall contribution to society.


Feedback from last Academic year

Philosophy on feedback

As part of our approach to reflective practice Phoenix Learning and Care recognise and embrace the importance of developing a culture of continual learning and development.  We welcome feedback on our achievements and the opportunity to share best practice, however we equally understand the importance of learning from our shortfalls. As such we welcome hearing about where we may have not lived up to our high standards and we truly value the opportunity to reflect and learn about areas that we need to develop further.

Within the last academic year we have received the following number of compliments and complaints.  


If you would like to provide feedback to the school or wish to make us aware of a compliment or complaint then you can email the school direct.

Alternatively, you may contact our Operations Director for Education, Darren Jackson on:

We treat all concerns appropriately and all complaints are investigated thoroughly following our complaints policy and procedure which can be found within the Policies section of this website.  


Our proprietors Phoenix Learning and Care, welcome enquiries for placements in any of our services.

Please call us on 03330 150331 or email

We will provide an initial response to all enquiries as soon as possible, advising the options available and indicative dates of admission.

The referrals team can discuss the local offer and where appropriate, put you in contact with the respective Registered Manager or Head Teacher to discuss the practical areas in greater detail.

The Young Person and/or Student are openly encouraged to visit along with parents, guardians or Social Workers to see if the placement is suitable.

Once the placement is confirmed, we work to ensure a smooth transition including the completion of required documentation.


We work closely with our children/young people, their families and professionals to create bespoke programmes of learning for students, which are tailored to their educational and social and emotional needs, supporting them to achieve their full potential. This means that we deliver a personalised curriculum, which, where possible, acknowledges the national curriculum and meets the individual needs of our students, whilst also supporting them to meet the outcomes identified in their EHCPs.

To achieve this, every student has an individual education plan which identifies their areas of need and how we can best address them, both in terms of staff approach and the curriculum that they are provided.  Our goal is to provide access to the best academic outcomes possible as well as preparing our students for adulthood and the next stage of their education by equipping them with the skills required to achieve personal success.